The 5 Most Common Types Of Surgery For Sleep Apnea

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When CPAP masks become too much to handle, many sleep apnea sufferers simply abandon treatment all together. It’s a fact. Not only is this medically risky, it’s completely unnecessary. There are many different types of surgery for sleep apnea and snoring if you are noncompliant with your CPAP mask.

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that causes your sleep to be disrupted by pauses of breathing. As disrupting as snoring can be, it is far from the worse symptom of sleep apnea. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment is often prescribed to snoring and sleep apnea suffers, since it is highly effective. Unfortunately, up to 80% of those with CPAP machines do not use them. Bulky masks can be difficult to sleep with, and many users deal with leaks that are noisy or cause air to blow onto the face or eyes.

But it is important to note that surgery may be a multi-step process involving more than one procedure. And also you may need to continue using CPAP even when surgery successfully reduces the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Here we list five of the most common types of surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). A procedure in which soft issues in the back of the throat are removed. The tissues removed are from the uvula (the little soft flap of tissue that dangles in the back of the throat) and parts of the soft palate. If tonsils and adenoids are s1ll intact, they are often removed as well.
  • Adenotonsillectomy. Surgical removal of enlarged adenoids and tonsils is usually the first-line of treatment in children with obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Nasal Surgery. For OSA sufferers whose symptoms are often caused by a deviated septum, the straightening of the nasal passages or removal of the deviated cartilage can help free up the blockage causing snoring and OSA.
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA). In this surgery, upper and lower parts of the jawbone are moved forward. It creates an enlarged space behind the tongue and soft palate, making obstructions less likely.
  • Tracheostomy. In the most severe and potentially life-threatening cases of OSA, it may be recommended that the patient undergo a tracheostomy. In this surgical procedure, a permanent opening is made in the throat to the windpipe where a breathing tube is inserted. The breathing tube has a valve that is closed during the day for regular breathing and speaking, and opened at night. When opened during sleep, air enters the lungs through the tube rather than through the upper airways allowing airflow to bypass the obstruction by entering beneath it.

CPAP treatment is a wonderful option, but it’s not for everyone. If using a CPAP machine is not the right therapy for you, there are CPAP alternatives, like oral appliances and the surgeries listed above.

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